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Sniper Cadre

#1
I may have the opportunity to go on the next course after xmas, anybody have any ideas what the course entails.
Prob changed a lot since 1998.
 
#2
Probably an element of shooting at things from range, hiding from the enemy etc..

I only really clicked this thread because I thought it said 'Sniper Cake', sorry.
 
#3
Sniper cadre?

Are you sure? Five week Reg thingy - or is it just the Sharpshooter course?
 
#4
have been told that 20 snipers are being trained up for "Various Duties" and my name came up as one of the more mature minded non-nco's. Am supposed to be having a proper brief next tuesday hopefully. Just wanted to know if anyone knew how long the course was? and what it entailed.
And thanks Dr Chris now i want cake lol
 
#5
Sorry to urinate on your Pommes Frites but this sounds like a sharpshooter course, not the full-on Sniper .

I assume you are Infantry?
 
#9
Don't you have to go FTRS to do the full sniper course?
 
#11
callum13 said:
Sniper course doesnt exist for TA bods im pretty sure.
Maybe it was some sort of marksman course with the L96 then, but it was using the L96.
 
#12
Pal of mine did the 5-weeker some years ago, I think its just a matter of being able to commit the time ( and the small matter of the places being available, snipers being ( rightly ) back in fashion.

Wanna do a course that'd be of use in theatre? Mortar Fire Controller.
 
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Hedphelym

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#14
Theres just been a selection weekend for a sniper cadre for 4YORKS this weekend.
I was doing a CCRF w/e, but I know a couple of the lads that went for it and the only thing I know is that you have to hit 19 out of 24 targets at 600m.

Edit : It could well have been sharpshooters course selection, but the posters had "4Yorks Sniper Platoon selection" and everyone reffered to it as that, too. So, sorry for effectively saying your guess is a good as mine, but thats all i know.
 
#16
Hmmmmmmm sounds like good stuff to me, although my wife just said and i quote "isnt that just hide and seek for adults?"
I may be blind but they still dont mention how long the course is???
I do stand by to be corrected, im tired and getting old quickly :wink:
 
#17
6 weeks.
Now get your horlicks and go to bed.
 

Biped

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#18
J_E_P said:
Did snipers ever go out of fashion?
In and out of fashion like a pair of flared trousers.

The brass always thinks that Sniping is a bit naughty, sneeky and 'not really cricket' until the sh!t hits the fan, and then they can't get enough of them.

Sniping has been on and off over the years like a whore's drawers.

As for Sniping in the T.A. - I still can't think of one single justifiable reason why it was stopped. Like I've said in other threads - it's a skill that is every bit as relevant as basic soldiering, and isn't particularly expensive to put together - it costs some rifles and scopes, some bullets and man hours!

If it's the 'sharpshooters' 2 weeker you are doing - no idea what that entails, but would think it involves a lot of shooting at long ranges with an L96.

If it's the 5 week reg course, then expect to be doing piles of stuff, from vehicle and rank recognition, througu to map reading, navigation (night and day), arial photography, signals, fire control, stalking, hiding, observation exercises - basically, the 7 basic skills of the Sniper. It's all good stuff, and even if you fail, you'll be a far better infantryman for the experience.
 
#19
Biped said:
J_E_P said:
Did snipers ever go out of fashion?
In and out of fashion like a pair of flared trousers.

The brass always thinks that Sniping is a bit naughty, sneeky and 'not really cricket' until the sh!t hits the fan, and then they can't get enough of them.

Sniping has been on and off over the years like a whore's drawers.

As for Sniping in the T.A. - I still can't think of one single justifiable reason why it was stopped. Like I've said in other threads - it's a skill that is every bit as relevant as basic soldiering, and isn't particularly expensive to put together - it costs some rifles and scopes, some bullets and man hours!

If it's the 'sharpshooters' 2 weeker you are doing - no idea what that entails, but would think it involves a lot of shooting at long ranges with an L96.

If it's the 5 week reg course, then expect to be doing piles of stuff, from vehicle and rank recognition, througu to map reading, navigation (night and day), arial photography, signals, fire control, stalking, hiding, observation exercises - basically, the 7 basic skills of the Sniper. It's all good stuff, and even if you fail, you'll be a far better infantryman for the experience.
Ah, so simple, innit! Just some man hours... I did a sniper cadre many moons ago courtesy of 10 Para (remember them?), and these things are, as you say, well, you didn't but what you meant, was, a simple matter of the will to do them. Put together your own cadre, draw the weapons from a central pool (do we still have Stores), and away you go! I don't know how testing goes these days, but it must be a simple matter of getting outside examiners in, and then it's tea and medals and shiney new badges all round!

So anyway, tell me about training to become an MFC?
 
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